This report is from Adam Greenlow of Menlo Park, a player on the Junior Midgets Vikings team. He is an eighth-grader at St. Raymond School. All players named are with the Vikings.
The six teams of the Menlo-Atherton Vikings in the Pop Warner football league kicked off the season playing the Bayside Broncos of San Carlos/Belmont. The games were played at Carlmont High School on Sept. 5. Following are the game summaries:
Tiny Mites: In a game where you don't keep track of the points, the Tiny Mites played in the first game of the season. D'Anthony Houston had a 50-yard run that ended with him being taken down on the 2-yard line. The Vikings' defense was not able to stop the Broncos' offense from moving the ball, but they laid in some hard hits.
Mitey Mites: The Mitey Mites were defeated 16-0. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings' offense put together a long drive, including a 20-yard run by Justin Sinclair. Unfortunately, the Vikings could not reach the goal line before time ran out. Ezra Bazan had two tackles, causing the opposing team to lose yards.
Junior Pee Wees: The JPW team started the game with two long drives, both resulting in touchdowns by Marcelous Chester. Curtis Francis kicked a PAT, which counts for two points in Pop Warner, on one of these runs. He later kicked a second PAT after Keyshawn Ashford scored on a punt return. To top off the points, the Vikings' Curtis Francis kicked a field goal. This is incredible because typically no one at the JPW level can make a field goal. The Viking defense, lead by Blake Stenstrom, held the Broncos scoreless. The Vikings won 25-0.
Pee Wees: The Pee Wees defense let up two touchdowns early in the game. After they woke up, they stopped the Broncos and held them for the next three possessions. De'Maurier Jackson had an interception. Leamanaia Brown had a great game on the line. Lavell Gates, who recovered the ball from a teammate's fumble, scored on a 30-yard run. The final score was Broncos 14, Vikings 6.
Junior Midgets: The Junior Midgets played the Bayside Broncos and won 12- 6. Early in the first quarter, Memo Teu scored on a 60-yard sweep. With the help of Sean O'Keefe, who made several quarterback sacks, the Vikings' defense was able to keep the Broncos from scoring the whole game. In the third quarter, the Junior Midgets threw an interception, which Bayside took to the end zone to tie the game, 6-6. With 6 and one-half minutes left in the game, the Vikings' offense pushed the ball 65 yards and scored with 12 seconds left. Memo Teu pushed the ball in on a 2-yard wedge. The offensive line worked their hardest and never gave up pushing the other team down the field. The game ended with the defense blocking two passes and the team celebrating their win.
Midgets: Early in the game the Midgets scored on a 60-yard pass reception by Malcom Gates from Benjamin Burr-Kirven. After this, the ball went back and forth. The Vikings got the ball in the red zone many times, but could not convert. With 1 minute, 30 seconds to go in the game, the Broncos scored after a long drive. The Vikings could not get down the field again. The final score was 6-6, a tie. Nick Stoner and Andrew Robinson played outstandingly in the first game of the year.